This morning, Hype Machine re-launched; the new website is brighter, easier to read, and includes several new features including a place to store your favorite songs and a “spy” feature that lets you see what other users are listening to. At the same time, one of the best features of the old site — the little flash player that opened in a separate window when you clicked on a track — has inexplicably and unfortunately disappeared.

I haven’t used the site enough to decide whether I like this redesigned version better than the old one, but as long as the core function remains — and for the most part, it does — Hype Machine will continue to be a daily ritual for me. If you haven’t checked out the site yet, there’s no better time than now, while it’s fresh, shiny and new…and of course, let us know what you think.